Last week I paid a visit to the picturesque Kairakuen Park in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture. It was the birthday party of local mascot, Mito-chan, and lots of other mascots were there to celebrate. Among the characters present were the reigning Yuruchara Grand Prix champion, Unari-kun the eel/aeroplane from Narita City, and the ever-popular Hikonyan, the samurai cat from Hikone City. The highlight of the festivities was a shambolic but entertaining mascot relay race.
Here are some pictures I took at the event.